Citizens, Courts, and Confirmations Positivity Theory and the Judgments of the American People

ISBN-10: 0691139881

ISBN-13: 9780691139883

Edition: 2009

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 6/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

James L. Gibson is the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government at Washington University in St. Louis. His books include "Overcoming Apartheid: Can Truth Reconcile a Divided Nation?" Gregory A. Caldeira holds the Ann and Darrell Dreher Chair in Political Communication and Policy Thinking at Ohio State University.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Introduction: The Public and Supreme Court Nominations
Changes in Attitudes toward Judicial Institutions
The Theory of Positivity Bias
Outlining the Chapters That Follow
Knowing about Courts
Assessing Public Information about Law and Courts
Empirical Evidence of Mass Ignorance
Discussion and Concluding Comments
Appendix 2.A: Survey Design, The 2001 Survey
The Popular Legitimacy of the United States Supreme Court
Theories of Institutional Legitimacy
Measuring Institutional Legitimacy
Accounting for Individual-Level Variability in Institutional Loyalty
Discussion
Institutional Loyalty, Positivity Bias, and the Alito Nomination
The Confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court
The Positivity Theory Hypotheses
Assessments of the Confirmation Process
The Models
Determinants of Confirmation Preferences
Discussion and Concluding Comments
A Dynamic Test of the Positivity Bias Hypothesis
Applying the Theory of Positivity Bias to Confirmations
Measuring Change in Attitudes toward the U.S. Supreme Court
The Model of Change in Institutional Support
Findings
Discussion and Concluding Comments
Concluding Thoughts, Theory, and Policy
Caveats, Puzzles, and Questions
Survey Design: The 2005 Survey
The Representativeness of the Panel Sample
The Supreme Court and the U.S. Presidential Election of 2000: Wounds, Self-Inflicted or Otherwise?
The Theory of Institutional Legitimacy
Institutional Loyalty in the Aftermath of the Election
Views of the Court's Opinion in Bush v. Gore
Discussion and Concluding Comments
Survey Design
Measurement
References
Index
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